Baby Back Ribs on the AKORN® Auto-Kamado™

Cook Time:
5 - 6 hours


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Baby Back Ribs should be on any backyard grillers list, and this recipe is the perfect way to make them. Perfectly combing savory and smoky, you won't be able to get enough of these ribs!


    Prep Directions

  1. 01

    Rinse rib racks and pat dry with paper towel. Remove membrane from both racks by carefully prying back using the back of a sharp knife. Discard membrane. Flip racks and trim loose ends and excess fat. Tip: Use a paper towel to help hold the membrane, as it’s slippery.

  2. 02

    In a small bowl combine black pepper, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika and light brown sugar to make rub and mix well, or use Ribs BBQ rub, to taste.

  3. 03

    Evenly coat ribs on both sides with yellow mustard. Generously sprinkle rub ingredients on both sides of ribs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours, if desired.

  4. Starting your Grill

  5. 04

    Open the lid, remove the cooking grates and heat deflector.

  6. 05

    Stack Charcoal into a pyramid in the center of the fire grate. For indirect heat for smoking at 230°F, you'll need 1-2 lbs. of fuel. Place the fire starter at the top of the pile between two pieces of charcoal for top ignition. Note: Fire starter can have significant impact on reaching set temperature and how much charcoal is activated. Using more fire starters will increase the speed in reaching desired temperature, but also results in more charcoal being activated which can make it difficult to control temperatures.

  7. 06

    Open the fan cover.

  8. 07

    Without changing the placement from Step 2, ignite the fire starter. Leave the lid open and allow 3-5 minutes for the fire starter to begin igniting the coals.

  9. 08

    Place the heat deflector for indirect heat cooking. Reinsert grates, close the lid and ensure the power cord is securely plugged into a GFCI Outlet.

  10. 09

    Press the Power button for one second to turn on the controller.

  11. 10

    Press the Grill Temperature button, turn dial to 230°F, and press dial to select.

  12. 11

    The controller will display a suggested damper setting for 5 seconds, adjust as needed. Once temperature is set the fan will begin working to automatically controlling your grill temperature.

  13. 12

    It will take approximately 20-30 minutes for the grill to reach your desired temperature. Once temperature is reached, you are ready to cook.

  14. Cooking Directions

  15. 13

    Place ribs directly on the grates or use a rib rack. Allow ribs to smoke for 3 hours at 230°F. Use the meat probe to monitor your cook's internal temperature from the controller or your mobile device.

  16. 14

    After 3 hours, remove ribs from the grill and wrap each rack separately in butcher paper. Place racks meat side down on paper and wrap. Tip: Doing this ensures a good “bark” from the rub on your ribs.

  17. 15

    Place wrapped rib racks, meat side up, back on the grill and allow to smoke for 2 hours at 230°F.

  18. 16

    After 2 hours of smoking, remove wrapped racks from grill, carefully remove wrapping and place back on the grill for another hour at 230°F. Ribs are done when internal temperature reaches 180°F.

  19. 17

    Remove ribs from grill and allow to rest for 15 minutes before cutting. When cutting ribs, be sure to cut from the back end as this makes it easier to locate the bones.